Norton County Hospital Updates Visitor Restrictions


Due to continued lower numbers of COVID-19 cases in Norton County, Norton County Hospital is opening its facilities more starting tomorrow, Feb. 5. Please be advised that policies could change at any time, based on the COVID-19 local environment.

Here are the details:

  • One visitor per patient, per day or visit, across the facility.
  • That one visitor can come and go if needed (but no switching out of the one visitor during the day).
  • No change to inpatient visiting hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
  • Still no visitors 12 years or age and younger.
  • Be prepared for temperature screening of all patients and visitors at facility entrances.
  • Please continue to mask inside the facilities.
  • Note that policies allow the hospital to make exceptions for certain circumstances (such as end-of-life).

Norton County Hospital would like to thank the community for its work in keeping everyone healthy.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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